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The Blue Grotto Restaurant
The Blue Grotto Restaurant

The Blue Grotto Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluegrottorestaurant.com
  • Email: info@bluegrottorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (401) 272-9030
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Tailored to fit your needs, we can offer anything from an office lunch to dinner events.
  • Private Party Facilities: With private rooms from 6 to 130 guests, Blue Grotto can accommodate functions of any kind.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Danahy (401) 272-9030
  • Special Events & Promotions: 2013 Waterfire Vendor

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Weeden
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet parking
A word from The Blue Grotto Restaurant
Visit one of the oldest and most well known Italian restaurants in all of Rhode Island. Located on Historic Federal Hill, The Blue Grotto has continued to provide exemplary traditional Italian cuisine throughout it's 30 year history. In an upscale, but casual environment, The Blue Grotto offers attentive service in a relaxed setting. The wine list is one of the best Providence has to offer. Classic Italian ... Modern Interpretation

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Diner Reviews
  • "Good food and service but very expensive. Have been there a few times but only with a Groupon"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The waiter was able to have them prepare Chicken Marsala that was not on the menu. Then he was able to have them re-sauté my entire because I had to quick leave and come back. It was such a great experience and the food was incredible."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Service was above average."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I loved blue grotto. It was our first time and James,our server,was very knowledgable and informative . He brought me several tastes of wine before i decided on a bottle. We started with calamari,i had the filet w/polenta cakes,and my boyfriend enjoyed the lobster and shrimp scampi. Everything was perfect. For dessert we had gorgonzola cheesecake,it was heaven. We cant wait to return and try the pastachio encrusted scallops!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had the Pear Salad, and the Seafood Risotto. Food was great. We were never offered any bread while waiting for our meal. The room was a bit cold. Our entrees came almost an hour after the salad. It would have been nicer if there were a candle on the table."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a great time here. We went on Saturday, March 8. Our waitress was very professional, and knowledgeable. She recommended the pistachio-crusted scallops, which I tried, and am very glad I did. Delicious! My wife had he gnocchi, which she also enjoyed. Desserts were also very good. All in all, a great experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went for lunch. Food was excellent, particularly chicken parmesan. One of us has dining restrictions and kitchen accommodated gluten and dairy free request. Waiter Billy was excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Wonderful evening at a local renowned eaterie. Great food and menu, cooked to perfection. Nice attentive wait staff and hostesses."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Cioppino was great as usual! Great price for this dish - so muchfood that you have leftovers for another meal."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "the menu looked incredible, but the food did not deliver. The salad was cheaply done and the food was bland. I got the seafood pesto risotto. the pesto was not flavorful enough, it definitely seemed they were trying to be cheap by using different ingredients - cashews instead of pine nuts. the seafood in the dish was not good. the shrimp, mussels, clams, and scallops were small, chewy, and not flavorful. my boyfriend got the spaghetti alle vongole. the sauce was good, but the clams were the same as my dish, small and bland. we were not able to have wine that night, but the wine list and cellar looked very impressive. i will not be going back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was great but prices might prevent future visits"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent! Had a great night!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Waitress was very helpful and friendly. Food was delicious. Especially loved the veggie lasagna. We went on a Saturday for an early dinner before a play and we never felt rushed, even as the place was filling up. We had a groupon which was great, but we will go back again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Portions were very small for the price, accustomed to have plenty of food for an Italian eatery. Usually at least a doggy bag. Food was good but not plentiful. Ordered what was supposed to be a dinner menu portion because groupon was not accepted for lunch menu (price was significantly more)."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The setting was very pleasant and our server was superb. The ravioli was outstanding, the salmon was mediocre. We were very surprised no bread was served. The portions were quite modest given the entree prices."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My most recent visit to the Blue Grotto was extremely disappointing. We (6 of us) sat at the table for about 10 minutes before the waiter even came over. It took forever to get both rounds of drinks we ordered, which the waiter blamed on the bar. When I ordered a few appetizers, the waiter suggested an appetizer that includes a few different items. I appreciated the suggestion, but the cheese that came with one of the appetizers was hard and tasteless. The calamari (which used to be delicious) hardly had any coating on it and was fishy-tasting. I didn't try the risotto balls, but they looked smaller than they used to be and not very appetizing. Our entrees were fairly good, but everything else about the experience was pretty poor."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food and service were both excellent. We have eaten here on many occaisons and have always been pleased with our meal."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "we were chastised for making a reservation close to the time which we arrived at the restaurant, but had found ourselves at a place where we were not familiar with the dining options, so we went to Open Table and made a reservation for 530 pm. When we arrived the restaurant was nearly empty, but when we asked to not sit in a dark and windowless car area, we were moved to a very odd table in a corner at the entrance to the servers area and kitchen entrance. When we asked to be reseated because we could not even sit across from one another in this tiny corner booth, the hostess chastised us for having made a late reservation and basically told us to accept what we were given, We did not, and promptly rose from the table & promptly left."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was good service was not. We asked for crushed red peppers and never got it. I waited to start my meal but it never came so I ate it without. We ordered Calamari for starters. Did not come with a lemon. When the waiter came by to check on how we liked we asked for lemon by the time he came back with the lemon we were done with the meal. He said it was busy and thats why he took so long. It doesn't take long to grab a plate and put lemon slices on them. My friend was done with her drink and he didn't come by offer a new one until the he dropped off the meal. We barely saw him and he was barely there."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We ate here twice in the last week and it went from good to not so much. First night everything (food, service, ambiance)very nice, food was delicious and everyone was attentive but not distractive. The second night they were out of my first choice meal (unusual for 6:00 on a Saturday) and my second choice, the house specialty, was out of the pasta it was supposed to be served with. I had cappellini instead and it was less than good; sort of a spongy feel as I ate it. Tasty, but odd."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I had our valentines dinner here and it was amazing. From the great food, amazing service, to the fact they turne the heat up a little for all of the women who were westin dresses. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for couples and small groups. It has a great ambience and a very romantic setting. We enjoyed the food and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I stopped in to the Blue Grotto on our way home from travelling. We enjoyed our dinner very much, although it did take over an hour (and we were 1 of 3 tables seated). The only thing I would remember for next time, is that the vegetable side was extremely salty. I will be sure to ask for no added salt next time."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday night at 6:30pm. They were out of scallops which was okay, but also out of bread! What kind of restaurant runs out of bread? My dinner order of lobster ravioli came with only three ravioli, so apparently they ran out of those as well. Very dissapointing!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had an early Valentine's Day dinner date here, and I could not have been more pleased! The wine list was spectacular, the food was outstanding (especially the Tiramisu), and the ambiance is perfect! We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Blue grotto is not the best on Federal Hill, but the food is good and the prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Outstanding restaurant! My husband and I enjoyed a very romantic dinner! Everything was fantastic - the food, ambience and the waitstaff. Definitely will be one of our favorite restaurants in the Providence area."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Dinner and service was excellent. I had the 16oz steak and wife and daughter had the chicken parm."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The restaurant was everything I remembered it to be. We hadn't been there in a few years, but they haven't missed a beat. the food was outstanding, and the groupon was a great deal!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "What can I say, great food, great service, great ambiance...."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was good but the wate staff was slow, ran out of food."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that does it right. Been many times and we are always extremely happy with food and service. Never been to a restaurant that treated the customer any better than BG."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Had a groupon which was good for dinner for two, desert, and a glass of prosecco. Was disappointed that there was no prosecco but was satisfied with the offer of a glass of wine instead. Our waiter, James, was very good. The creme brulee was excellent."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The Blue Grotto was awful. We had a 7:30 reservation and didn't get seated until 9:00 we sat at the table for 20 minutes without and service not even bread, so we walked out"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We've been to The Blue Grotto several times and have yet to be disappointed. It's one of our favorite spots on Federal Hill in Providence. Quiet dining, great service, delicious food!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "When restaurant week comes around, I like to try the places that I normally wouldn't go, either because it is usually too pricey or for other reasons. Went here and it was really good - hearty Italian, good service, and quite a selection. I would actually consider coming back for appetizers and drinks or a meal if it was a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I've been here twice. The first time wasn't that bad so we decided to try it again. Bad mistake. We where in a room full of people but that wasn't the problem. The problem was this one waitress that was so loud.Everytime she came into the room everone needed to talk very loud so the could hear thier coversation over her loud mouth. The food was not that good at all. $19 for a low end Chicken parm. I waiter never came back to the table after servng us our dinner. We will not be going back"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Food was amazing and service was outstanding! An old-time classic restaurant on Federal Hill."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "One of the most disappointing meals I have had in my life. Our friend who went with us ordered a pappardelle Bolognese as it was restaurant week and they were out of Pappardelle pasta. This restaurant happens to be on a place called Federal Hill where it is all Italian. I can't believe the restaurant couldn't find any pappardelle that's Insane!!! Big mistake as we will never go back to that restaurant again."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "the two meals we selected were outstanding; both my veal and my wife's sliced tenderloin were excellently prepared and were definitely large portions; desserts were also good size and tasted delicious; waiter was available but not overly solicitous; would definitely go back there again"
    Dined on 1/11/2014